Cheltenham High School Hall of Fame

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Robert C. Solomon, PhD

class of 1960
inducted in 2002

Robert C. Solomon, PhD

Quincy Lee Centennial Professor of Business and Philosophy
of Texas at Austin

Robert C. Solomon, Class of 1960, received his B.A. in molecular biology from The University of Pennsylvania. In 1965 he received both his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy/psychology from the University of Michigan. He is currently the Quincy Lee Centennial Professor of Business and Philosophy and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas in Austin. He is best known for his course on Existentialism and for his teaching in the Plan II Honors Program.

Before his appointment at the
University of Texas, Dr. Solomon taught at numerous universities such as the University of Pennsylvania; the University of Auckland, New Zealand; Princeton University; Harvard University and Smith College.

Dr. Solomon is the author of more than forty books: The Passions, In the Spirit of Hegel, About Love, A Passion for Justice, The Joy of Philosophy, and his most recent work, Spirituality for the Skeptic just released from Oxford University Press. He also has written 140 articles, published two songs, and written occasional columns in Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, Texas Observer, Chronicle of Higher Education, and The New York Times.

The recipient of many awards, Dr. Solomon has been honored with the following: Danforth Foundation Nominee (Harbison Award), 1969; Standard Oil Outstanding Teaching Award, 1973; President's Associates Teaching Award, 1985 and 1996;
University of Texas Institute Award, 1977, 1981, 1986, 1984; Academy; Distinguished Teachers, 1997-2005; and Chad Oliver Award, 1998.

Dr. Robert Solomon married Kathleen M. Higgins in 1990.